Covid

Which type of COVID test and when? A local epidemiologist on what you should know about testing amid the omicron surge

Which type of COVID test and when? A local epidemiologist on what you should know about testing amid the omicron surge

COVID Dr. Michael Mina has been advocating for the widespread use of at-home antigen tests since 2020. Bryan Derballa/The New York Times The demand for COVID-19 tests remains high across Massachusetts and the rest of the country as the highly contagious omicron variant continues to drive surging coronavirus cases. President Joe Biden announced on Thursday…

WHO warns new Covid variants could emerge that are fully resistant to vaccines as pandemic drags on

WHO warns new Covid variants could emerge that are fully resistant to vaccines as pandemic drags on

World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus talks during a daily press briefing on COVID-19 virus at the WHO headquaters in Geneva on March 11, 2020. Fabrice Coffrini | AFP | Getty Images The World Health Organization warned Wednesday that new coronavirus variants could emerge during the pandemic that render the current vaccines useless.…

Ed Sheeran has Covid, will do performances from home

Ed Sheeran has Covid, will do performances from home

British pop star Ed Sheeran said Sunday he has tested positive for Covid-19 and will do interviews and performances from his house while he self-isolates. Sheeran, 30, broke the news on social media days before his new studio album is due out. “Quick note to tell you that I’ve sadly tested positive for Covid, so…

Merck’s new COVID-19 drug could be a pandemic “game-changer”

Merck’s new COVID-19 drug could be a pandemic “game-changer”

Imagine if an unvaccinated person with COVID-19 could go to the pharmacy and get a pill that could reduce their risk of dying from COVID-19 by 50 percent. This scenario could drastically reduce the number of needless COVID-19 mortalities, and it could become a reality as soon as 2022. On Monday, pharmaceutical company Merck & Co. announced that…

Religious Covid vaccine exemptions should not exist. Here’s why.

Religious Covid vaccine exemptions should not exist. Here’s why.

The law allows for vaccine requirements without religious exemptions. Not only that, but morality mandates it. Therefore, we should abolish religious exemptions for vaccine mandates. Religious objections to vaccines are not a license to kill. The Constitution is not a roadblock for such vaccine mandates. We have a strong tradition of protecting the freedom of…